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Future of open and linked data

In this interview, Jeanne Holm shares her views on the future developments in the realm of open and linked data, describing in particular the need for a cultural shift in governments and companies.
Video abstract: 
  • Podcast 1 is where Jeanne presents her vision on the future (uses) of open and linked data
  • Podcast 2 outlines the benefits that society could draw from open and linked data
  • Podcast 3 talks about the main policy features that are needed for a positive future in open and linked data 

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As the Evangelist for Data.Gov (an open government flagship project for the White House), Jeanne Holm leads collaboration and builds communities with the public, educators, developers, and international and state governments in using open government data. Jeanne is the Chief Knowledge Architect at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, driving innovation through social media, virtual worlds, gaming, ontologies, and collaborative systems, including the award-winning NASA public portal (www.nasa.gov) and pioneering knowledge architectures within the US Department of Defense. She is a Fellow of the United Nations International Academy of Astronautics, a Distinguished Instructor at UCLA, and Chair of the W3C eGovernment Group, and has more than 130 publications on information systems, knowledge management, and innovation. She is a graduate of UCLA, the Drucker School of Management, and Claremont Graduate University. She is an instructor at UCLA and formerly at Pepperdine University and her courses focus on knowledge management, social network analysis, and collaborative systems. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), NASA Achievement Award for her work on the Galileo and Voyager spacecraft, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Competia’s Champion of the Year, three best practice awards from the APQC, and has led NASA to an unprecedented three global Most Admired Knowledge Enterprise (MAKE) awards. Her specialties include: designing and implementing advanced data and knowledge architectures, system design and integration, knowledge management practices and systems, knowledge-based engineering, e-learning, instructional design and delivery, business analysis and system design, inter-agency and inter-organizational knowledge sharing.

The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine-readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama's administration, Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of Data.gov. Public participation and collaboration will be key to the success of Data.gov. Data.gov enables the public to participate in government by providing downloadable Federal datasets to build applications, conduct analyses, and perform research. Data.gov will continue to improve based on feedback, comments, and recommendations from the public and therefore we encourage individuals to suggest datasets they'd like to see, rate and comment on current datasets, and suggest ways to improve the site. A primary goal of Data.gov is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). Data.gov strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The openness derived from Data.gov will strengthen our Nation's democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Interview Record: 
Jeanne Holm

PODCAST VERSION:

  1. Future of open and linked data
  2. Societal benefits of open and linked data
  3. Future policies for open and linked data